In The City: Chelsea Wide Track Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI 90
21st Jan 2015
Since the inception of The Chelsea Truck Company, this towering automotive icon has been going about its business quietly and efficiently.
Its many owners dream to create the ultimate Defender – a machine that can conquer stylish cities with ease, shouldering its way past boutiques and clambering up the most exclusive of streets.
It’s just human nature to want the best of both worlds – not a compromise, but something that ticks both the rugged and stylish boxes.
When asked to write about the Defender’s character, I thought that a vehicle being built in the 21st century that can trace its direct lineage to the one designed 66 years ago was eccentric enough. The Chelsea Truck Company has ensured the Defender has shed its utility image and found a place in the city.
One word of advice - don’t be deceived by the well-groomed silhouette either – this exemplary off-roader is the definitive style icon.
Bearing DNA so typical of a thoroughbred Defender, front and rear wide wings with integrated vents & bolt apertures, bonnet vents with mesh stainless steel, X-Lander front grille, crosshair military headlights, customary Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover, exhaust shields and mud flaps to name but a few enhancements leave a distinctive impression.
The vehicle feels almost unstoppable cruising on some cool 8x16 1948 Defend wheels in satin black (fitted with 235x85x16” tyres).
Appliqué body panels, exclusive leather upholstery and yacht inspired flooring ensure that our vision for the Chelsea Truck Defender to be seen as a fashion icon has turned out to be correct.
Just like all vehicles from The Chelsea Truck Company, the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 can be custom tailored to a customer’s specification, both exterior and interior.
The generous interior, simply begs the beholder to take a step inside. Like all Chelsea Truck Company models, the Wide Track Defender is oriented in every respect to the needs and wishes of the driver.
Occupants will have the benefit of supreme ergonomic comfort by the means of front sports GTB seats in quilted & perforated leather, steering wheel, Churchill time clock facia insert in red, dashboard, instrument binnacle, rear door panel and handle in (optional) Harris Tweed, and vented foot pedals in machined aluminium.
For more information on the Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI XS 90 Wide Track e-mail: Kahn@kahndesign.com